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Rei Ryu Philippe Coupey makes the Zen essence of the perennial teachings as clear as it can be to us here on Earth through his gift for distilling the teachings into American, and speaking to and about the American disposition without watering it down into New Age superficiality, something the spirit of our age desperately needs. "In the Belly of the Dragon" does what all scriptual commentary should do, but often doesn't: it clarifies. This book could easily, for someone stumbling along the Way, at the right time and place, become an essential text. --Dana Wilde

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In the Belly of the Dragon is a critical accompaniment to the Shinjinmei, as it dives into the heart of the text and delivers its message in a clear and approachable way. Recommended reading for any serious Zen student.

Translator for this work: Elaine Konopka
Editor: Richard Collins

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: American Zen Association; 1st edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972804919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972804912
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,643,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. Campbell on September 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
The directness, the warmth and simplicity that characterises so much of the best of American Zen studies

( S.Suzuki,Beck,Maezumi etc ) combined with a rigour that comes from teaching in the uncompromising dojos of Europe for so many years.

Philippe Coupey likes very much the famous Zen story of the guy who likes to cut out dragons, paper dragons - one day a real dragon heard about this and decided to pay him a visit, thinking he'd be pleased - he went WAAHH! Jumped up with fear and ran out of his hut. Well, Rei Ryu's Zen is the real dragon!

Gleaned from kusen talks to his students he brings alive some of the flavour of serious practice without intimidating the reader with scriptural reference; I'd wholeheartedly recommend it to someone who's had a little taste of Zen and wants to deepen their pratice by being guided, but also, by finding out for themselves.

A book that urges, like the most creative work American Zen, contemporary pratictioners to observe the tradition whilst finding a language and an experience authentically their own and true to their roots in modern life. Coupey's book is brave and brilliant and constantly encourages us to do this.

Oh, and Sosan isn't bad either!
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